ROUND TWO: 5-casing vs. 4-mutual


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Here are the poems:

5-casing
Who Am I?
By April Halprin Wayland

I won’t tell. I’m zipped inssside this leathery ssshell
and until we’re friends, I’m embracing
this ssshiny casing.

Who am I?

I’m ssslithery, ssshy.
Once I know you, I’ll begin
to ssshed my ssscared and ssscaly ssskin.

Who am I?

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4-mutual
Coffee Plant Purrs to Honeybee and Bee Buzzes Back
By Buffy Silverman

“I’m a cream-petaled flower at Garden Café
with a full-roasted power and heady bouquet.
I steep a strong drink that you’ll never forget:
so carry my pollen, my fine fuzzy pet.”

“You’re a buzz-laden brewer, a trickster to boot;
You course with caffeine from your leaf to your root.
But there’s mutual gain in this plot that you’ve brewed,
You’ve taught me your scent, and it leads me to food!”

 




5-casing vs. 4-mutual: Which Poem Did You Prefer?

  • 5-casing (April Halprin Wayland) (44%, 121 Votes)
  • 4-mutual (Buffy Silverman) (56%, 156 Votes)

Total Voters: 277

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  • http://www.quinettecook.com Quinette Cook

    Did you notice, both poets use a version of “I am” and questions – interesting. Really like the puzzle of April’s poem and the use of ssssounds. Buffy’s poem makes me want a latte – its steeping with visuals.

  • http://www.pennyklostermann.com Penny Klostermann

    These are both wonderful. I love the sssssssssssssound of April’s poem and Buffy, you mixed two totally unrelated subjects and your poem makes total sense!

  • Heidi

    Really great work, girls! Both have so much to recommend…Buffy’s may win Title of the Tournament!

  • http://www.NoWaterRiver.com Renee LaTulippe (@ReneeMLaTulippe)

    Both so much fun! Love the ssssounds and riddle of the first and the lilting beat and story of the second. Well done, ladies!

  • http://www.buffysilverman.com Buffy Silverman

    Heidi, you’re making me blush. Thanks pal.

  • http://www.buffysilverman.com Buffy Silverman

    Love April’s ssssensational riddle. And thanks for all the nice comments.

    f you want to read about the amazing research that inspired mine (some plants really do make caffeine in their nectar, which lures in their pollinators, improves/activates their memories, and possibly hooks them on the drink!) you can find it here:
    http://www.sciencenews.org/view/generic/id/348823/description/Caffeines_buzz_attracts_bees_to_flowers

  • http://www.authoramok.com Laura Shovan

    Your word (both of you) should have been anthropomorphic!

    Buffy, that is some fascinating science. Thanks for sharing the link.

  • http://www.AprilWayland.comalsowww.TeachingAuthors.com April Halprin Wayland

    Buffy, I am partial to dialogue in poems, and yours is simply wonderful ~
    LOVE it! But one thing regarding the research:

    “Removing the bees’ tiny brains and washing them in a caffeine-saline bath revealed that the caffeine excites cells implicated in reward and long-term memory.”

    I’m glad I frequent my local coffee house where, as far as I know, there is no brain-washing to check our level of caffeine…

  • http://www.poetrytalents.com Gloson Teh

    Am I the only one who tried singing “Who Am I” to Les Miserables’ song of the same name but failed miserably? :'(

  • http://www.robynhoodblack.com Robyn Hood Black

    These are terrific. Love all the ssssounds in April’s, and Buffy, it’s such great fun seeing you bring your science expertise to your poetry, with lots of fun and panache.
    (And might I add that young Gloson here has cracked me up on more than one occasion throughout this tournie?!)

  • http://susantaylorbrown.com Susan Taylor Brown

    I love riddle poems that are such fun to read aloud! Well done both of you but the snake won me over!

  • http://www.AprilWayland.comalsowww.TeachingAuthors.com April Halprin Wayland

    HA! Now that tune is twisting ’round and ’round my head!

  • Virginia Rinkel

    Buffy, “carry my pollen’ – could it be that this bee is hanging around one of my chestnut trees? If so, carry that pollen on (in July) to a reciprocating flower and you will have chestnuts this fall to go with your coffee!! Cheers for both poems!

  • http://sevenacresky.wordpress.com Damon Dean

    Great science Buffy! That nature naturally uses caffeine to activate minds really justifies my multiple cups daily, and my creamified night-cap-cup!
    April, loved the riddle-ly rhyme.

  • http://www.AprilWayland.comalsowww.TeachingAuthors.com April Halprin Wayland

    Congratulationsssss Buffy Sssssilverman! I’m honored to have been in this round with you. G’luck going forward!

  • http://www.buffysilverman.com Buffy Silverman

    Thank you, April–you are a gracious competitor. And your ssssnakey riddle was sssspectacular.